They say it's America's pastime, baseball and if you've been following the game for years, you probably truly enjoy watching the game. Perhaps now, after all these years you're considering doing a little sports betting on your favorite sport but you are not sure how to go about it. Though winning on a continual basis is very difficult, placing bets really isn't all that difficult to do.
First thing of course you are going to have to get some money together so that you can place your bet. It's not unusual to see a professional gambler wager as much as $20,000 on one game, but beginners and those who only gamble for a hobby would rarely go that steep. There are many sports books that will accept a wager as little as $1, so it's totally up to you what you bet.
You will need to find a place where you can bet and if you leave near someplace like Las Vegas for instance, you will have no problems finding a sports book that you can bet at. You can also find some places online that will allow you to bet on baseball as well.
To bet online you would have to find the site and then set up an account in order to play. Once you do that you can then go online and place your bet. There are a variety of ways to bet but the most common would be the money line wager. Each game is going to have one team favored over another. So if a weaker team is playing a stronger team, the stronger team of course is going to be the one who is favored to win. The strong team might be -160 and then the weaker team would be set at +150. This means if you pick the strong team you are going to need to bet $16 in order to win a profit of $10. If you go for the underdog then you would need to bet $10 to gain a $15 profit. The key here to remember that the lines are generally based upon who the starting pitchers are.
If you live where you can go to a casino sports book then all you have to do is go there and go up to the betting window and say that you would like to take a bet on whoever the winning team is and their money line of $16 to win $10. Unless the money line has moved the teller there will confirm your bet and then give you a piece of paper that indicates your wager. You will hold onto this paper because if you win, you will need to present it to redeem your winnings. Now if you are betting online you just login to the site, click on the baseball tab, click the team you are betting on and then click on “Place Bet.” The money is then immediately taken from your account and if you win the amount will be put in your account.
Understand that it is a lot smarter to pick just 2 to 4 games in a day and bet on them than if you were to try and bet on say, 10 games a day. You have a far better chance of winning and a far less chance of losing way too much money. Also, if you don't like certain teams that are playing you can choose to go with the over/under wager. This is where you bet that the total runs scored in a game will exceed a certain number or not. There is also the -1.5 run line which is where your team needs to win by more than one run for you to win.
Final Note: Gambling, just like drinking can easily become an addiction and a very expensive one. There is nothing wrong with setting a little bit of money aside for an occasional bet for entertainment but unless you are a professional you really should be careful and never bet more than you can afford.